Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What's That Smell? {Love Stinks}



It's that time again. Time for scissors, tape and little (okay, A LOT) of red and pink paper to transform our shop into a cheesy, heart-filled love den. Just the way we like it.


STEP 1: make a bunch of animals (the same way I did these) and each person gets to decorate the face and come up with a matching V-Day greeting. Kindergarten style.


Yes, that is a dolphin with wings and a horn and a Mom tattoo. Anything awesome goes.




Speaking of awesome, Allison made that patterned paper with a ruler and a red marker. Because she's a rock star. And we're cheap.

STEP 2: Take home paper bags, paint on hearts, and punch some holes.


Thread onto some scrap fabric ripped into strips (recognize that from here?) and then hang up everywhere.





STEP 3: Resurrect the wrapping paper shelves, and line the glass doors while we're at it.

{heart garland template from here}



STEP 4: (Fake) apologize to my manager for taking my liberties with his likeness and turning this


{source}


into something amazing.


STEP 5: Find a $25 old school overhead projector (THAT I TOTALLY NEED ANYWAY) on Craigslist and snatch it up.


I'm not into fancy gadgets like Silhouettes and Crickets and Whoo-do-whats-its, but this baby? HECK YES. Especially since it can do magic, like taking this 


and turning it into an image 3 feet tall that I can trace with white crayon onto black poster board and then cut out.


Love is in the air indeed.


29 comments:

  1. Awesome!!

    Old-school overhead projectors are one of the most useful tools to have in one's craft arsenal. I wish I had one!

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  2. You are so creative and I love the simplicity and sweetness of all that decorating.

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  3. Love it! I want an overhead projector. How in the world did you score that thing?

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  4. What fun! You did an amazing job. I'm liking the dolpin with wings, and the projector silhouette is sweet!

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  5. Do you have a pic of your bishop's face? Wouldn't he love a cupid on his church office door? Micromanager's dream.

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  6. I looks great! I love what you've done with it...and I would LOVE to have an overhead projector...although I suppose I could go use the new-fangled document camera in my husband's classroom if I needed to.

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  7. I certainly hope you got paid for all that work. Or was it just a labor of love (ba dum ching!)

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  8. They need to put you in charge of decorating all the Potbelly's. It looks amazing and I like how you include everyone!

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  9. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    Everything was so cute-then I saw "Plano News" and lost it!

    Missing my peeps and my Sped kids at my old school and riding around in my convertible with the top down on a warm January day...sigh. Sorry. Just missing my old North Texas life.

    I am so copying your kissing couple, though-after I stop sniveling!

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  10. You are so fantastic. Does Carlos read your blog?

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  11. I love that your shop lets y'all do this and that you get so stinking creative! Love the silhouettes...and done on an overhead projector!! Who would have guessed. :)

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  12. I want even 1/10th of your creativity. And the Carlos Cupid - made me laugh out loud for far too long. I needed that ;-)

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  13. I SOOOO AM HITTING CRAIGSLIST FOR THE PROJECTOR....I NEED ONE...I MEAN WHAT MOM DOESN'T?

    love ur job....i bet you make any work not seem like work....i'm coming to work with you...after i get my sanity back from all these kids i keep popping out

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  14. Loved all these ideas, and thank so much for the Google tips! (use "black and white" in the subject and add "die cuts" to the search query). It was soooo much easier to find what I needed!

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  15. Omgah....HIl. arious. And awesome craftiness all over the place. And I used to live in Plano. On the wrong side of 75. So there. And I want my likeness made into a cupid. Pronto.

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  16. She is just the best!!!

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  17. Courtney wanted me to tell you that the boy and girl kissing look like Peter Pan and Barbie.

    Love can happen with the strangest matches apparently.

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  18. You give me a Heart Attack! You are amazing! Sad to say I had to leave my OHP in Idaho. I used it for SO many things. Still trying to get over that loss. Now I'm in the mood to decorate for valentines!

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  19. This must be the best Potbelly, it looks like you have so much fun there :)
    And I love that you found a projector, I want one in the worst way!

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  20. Super cute! I'm sure that would be a favourite hang out!

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  21. Fun! I think I ate at Potbellys in Washington DC? If it was the same place, YUM! Your decor is awesome and really personalizes the space. Love it!

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  22. i just came across your blog from something i clicked on pinterest. what luck for me! you are amazing and inspiring! i am in love with your blog. thank you for your wonderfulness! i am a new follower (that sounds like i joined your cult, right?) all the best, donna

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  23. WHoa!!! Seriously, you are so talented. I hope they appreciate you there! :)

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  24. YOU must make every single customer so happy... A love den and sandwich??? IT doesn't get any better than that! what.

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  25. Love your creativity! Wish I could come and see all your creations! Happy Valentines Day!!

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  26. I love your blog which I discovered on Pinterest.com. I'll be subscribing by email. Happy Valentine's Day.

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  27. That's an awesome, incredible transformation! what creativity!! awesome, awsome - AWSOME!!!

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  28. I miss decorating the store for Valentine's Day with you and Allison!

    I love all the animals this year!

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  29. Love is in the air.. appropriate title! LOL. there'e creativity everywhere..
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